ELECTION 2021

‘You have choice’: As primary season arrives, waiting your turn has gone out of fashion for Va. Democrats

BY: - March 22, 2021

When Jennifer Carroll Foy was first thinking of running for office in 2017, she says she sensed she wasn’t the favorite of party leaders. Two years earlier, Democrat Josh King had already come close to flipping the Prince William-area House of Delegates seat she had her eyes on, and several elected Democrats were backing his […]

Another 38 special: inside the intense battle for a reliably red Virginia senate seat

BY: - March 22, 2021

What was expected to be a pretty predictable special election in Southwest Virginia has turned into a surprisingly intense fight in its closing days. Voters in Virginia’s 38th Senate District will elect a new state senator through 2023 on Tuesday. Incumbent Ben Chafin died on Jan. 1 from complications related to COVID-19. The district includes […]

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After 12 years in the wilderness, Virginia GOP’s miscues could torpedo a 2021 comeback

BY: - March 15, 2021

Virginia’s Republicans could find opportunities in this year’s elections to end a dozen years in the wilderness if not for their own dysfunction. In Richmond, a Democratic administration is trying to extricate itself from the quicksand of a Parole Board scandal in which inmates serving life terms for murder were freed without proper notice or […]

State GOP to choose statewide slate in May 8 convention held from 37 locations

BY: - March 12, 2021

The Republican Party of Virginia’s governing body voted Friday to choose its nominee for governor and two other statewide offices in a May 8 convention spread out at 37 sites across the commonwealth. RPV’s State Central Committee, meeting via videoconference, overwhelmingly adopted a convention call that apportions a different number of sites for each of […]

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The Virginia State Capitol.. (Ned Oliver/Virginia Mercury)

The General Assembly made progress on climate in 2021, but our work here is hardly done

BY: - March 5, 2021

Before the start of the 2021 legislative session, I highlighted three areas where Virginia needed to make significant progress to support its climate agenda: transportation electrification, improving the energy efficiency of buildings and giving consumers greater access to renewable energy.  The General Assembly delivered on one-and-a-half out of three. If we add bonus points for […]

Liberty University says it hasn’t agreed to GOP’s parking lot convention plan

BY: - February 24, 2021

Less than a day after the Republican Party of Virginia’s State Central Committee voted to hold a convention in Liberty University’s parking lots, the school put out a statement asserting that it had not yet agreed to the plan. It’s the latest wrinkle in the party’s long and contentious debate over how to choose their […]

Virginia GOP to select gubernatorial nominee at convention in Liberty University parking lots

BY: - February 23, 2021

After rejecting proposals to hold a state-run primary, a party-run canvass and an unassembled convention to choose their nominees for statewide office, Virginia Republicans settled Tuesday evening on a plan to hold a traditional convention in an untraditional location: parking lots scattered around Liberty University in Lynchburg. “Liberty University has over 25,000 parking spots they’re […]

Virginia State Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, arrives in the temporary Senate chambers at the Science Museum of Virginia prior to the start of the Senate session at the facility Tuesday Aug. 18, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Chase who has a doctors note excusing her from wearing a mask has been asked to hold a shield up to her face when entering and exiting the chamber.

Chase, who refuses to wear mask, stressed COVID safety in failed lawsuit to stop GOP convention

BY: - February 19, 2021

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Amanda Chase, who has previously bragged about being the only state senator who refuses to wear a mask, put COVID-19 safety concerns front and center as she unsuccessfully sought to force the Virginia GOP to switch its nomination method from a convention to a state-run primary. “We are on a collision course […]

‘A badge of shame’: Virginia Senate votes to censure Amanda Chase

BY: - January 27, 2021

After stinging personal critiques from Republicans and Democrats alike, Sen. Amanda Chase, R-Chesterfield, was censured by the Virginia Senate Wednesday, a formal rebuke that came after she repeated baseless election fraud claims and spoke in support of the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol. Several senators said they wished the censure vote, the first since […]

Virginia Republicans stick with convention as messy fight over nomination method continues

BY: - January 24, 2021

Virginia Republicans appear to be sticking with their plans to hold a convention to select their nominees for governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. The decision has not come easily. The party’s central committee has been divided for weeks, leading to procedural deadlock, convoluted parliamentary maneuvers and increasingly heated debate that on Saturday left members […]

Virginia GOP meeting ends with heated outbursts as members reconsider convention

BY: - January 16, 2021

The Virginia GOP’s central committee meeting ended abruptly Saturday as members continued a heated fight over whether they should pick their statewide nominees this year through a convention or an open primary. The committee had agreed in early December to hold a convention, but to adhere to COVID-19 protocols, a second vote was necessary to […]

McAuliffe dominates gubernatorial fundraising, reporting more cash than all opponents combined

BY: - January 16, 2021

Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe entered 2021 with more money in the bank than all other candidates for governor combined, according to year-end campaign finance reports that were due Friday. McAuliffe, who was expected to have a strong money advantage given his background in political fundraising and ties to national Democrats, began the year with more […]